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Engaged Futures: Special Focus Session

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This panel will explore historical and contemporary relationships between communities and landscapes, urban forests and coastline resilience concerns. Urban forestry, coastal wetlands and industrial landscapes will be interrogated and unpacked to discover impacts on surrounding communities. Challenges such as tackling gentrification, facilitating deep community engagement and providing equitable access to open spaces will be explored.

Course expires 1/25/2026

Learning Objectives


Learn about how historical communities of freed slaves interacted and cared for their landscapes and how these teaching can be rediscovered today.


Explore the benefits and potential concerns with urban reforestation through the lens of ecology, public health but also gentrification and exclusion.


Discover urban climate-readiness and resilience plans and how they're currently being implemented as well as future planning challenges.


Discuss integrate thoughtful design emerging practices that are grounded in research to support the ecosystems that support us in our communities. 


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